RALEIGH – In case you haven’t noticed, the Democrats in North Carolina really wants Medicaid expansion. Yes; Governor Roy Cooper is holding the budget hostage to Medicaid expansion, but that’s mainstream leverage. You know the Left really wants this government expansion when they start openly connecting Republican leaders opposed to expansion to the untimely deaths of hundreds, if not thousands of people.
Their argument is, essentially, that their preferred cherry-picked studies show expansion to extend the lives of the elderly and diseased persons, and so Republican Speaker of the N.C. House Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) and N.C. Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) are pretty much killing them by refusing to submit to the Left’s expansion demands.
Exhibit ‘A’ from the Progressive Pulse:
“In case you missed it, there are some new and incredibly sobering numbers out that ought to be interfering with the sleep patterns of Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore. As Alexandra Sirota of the N.C. Budget & Tax Center recently reported:
New research released by the National Bureau of Economic Research provides estimates of the life and death impact of Medicaid expansion. While many researchers have pointed to the improvements to health outcomes, management of health conditions, and quality of life that comes with access to affordable health care for those in need, this data provides new and compelling evidence that the decision to expand Medicaid has a profound affect on the life expectancy of adults living in the coverage gap. […]”
So the insinuation here, obviously, is that Moore and Berger shouldn’t be able to sleep at night for the guilt of killing so many elderly people. How’s that for subtle?
By extension, anyone who agrees that the State of North Carolina has no business expanding a costly government healthcare ‘entitlement’ program that amounts to nothing more than redistributing wealth and mucking up the healthcare market is also complicit in the murder of old people.
That’s the narrative trap the Left has resorted to when it comes to Medicaid expansion. It’s not new, but it shows how bad they want to make government bigger in this area that they’ll go to such rhetorical extremes.
Meanwhile Republicans (and some Democrats) in the N.C. General Assembly are passing legislation like the Small Business Healthcare Act to get arbitrary regulations out of people’s way so they can get cheaper insurance plans for their employees.
The contrast is indicative of the choice North Carolinians will have in 2020 between Republican leadership or Democrats’ Big Government agenda.